Dr. Mark Hyman believes that we all deserve a life of vitality and that we are able to create it for ourselves. His recent article “5 Reasons High Fructose Corn Syrup Will Kill You” inspired us to discuss over the current media debate about the benefits of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in our diet. Clearly, that debate is missing the obvious!
The increased consumption of HFCS increased the obesity rates and diabetes incidence. These facts can’t be ignored. Deception is based on doubt and confusion which sow the seeds of self-satisfaction. Through massive television advertising, these two elements have been used skillfully by the Corn Refiners Association’s attempt to dispel the “myth” that HFCS is harmful. Also, they’ve managed to declare that HFCS is no different than cane sugar by using the opinion of “medical and nutrition experts”.
According to this association, HFCS is a “natural” product that is a healthy part of our diet when used in moderation. Then where is the problem? The truth is that when used in moderation, HFCS is a major cause of heart disease, obesity, tooth decay, cancer, and other serious diseases. The corn industry is spending millions on misinformation campaigns to convince consumers and healthcare professionals about the safety of their product.
The Lengths the Corn Industry Will Go To
The corn industry has only one goal which is to confuse and deflect by calling their product natural “corn sugar”. That’s a nonsense, it’s like calling tobacco in cigarettes natural herbal medicine!
For example, there is a commercial where the father tells his concerns as a parent and that he has many questions about the food his daughter eats, and in particular, he got interested about high fructose corn syrup. He got his answers from medicinal and nutrition experts who told him that he has nothing to worry about when it comes to this product. Whether it’s corn sugar or cane sugar the body can’t tell the difference.
The same propaganda was posted to almost every physician in America by the Corn Refiners Association. Dr. Hyman received a 12-page color glossy monograph reviewing the “science” that HFCS was no different than cane sugar. Also, he received a personal letter which was a warning for the way he mentions problems with HFCS.
Why is the corn industry doing this? We know that the food industry comprises 17% of America’s economy but is that a good reason to spend millions of dollars on false information campaigns?!